Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer UK NGO Jobs – Farm Africa

Organisation:
Farm Africa
Duty Station:
Moroto, Karamoja sub-region, (with regional and national travel), Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator.
Direct Reports:
None
Duration & Hours: Fixed-term, full-time contract ending 31st March
2022.
About US: 
Farm Africa, founded in 1985,
is an international non-governmental organization working in Uganda, Ethiopia,
Kenya and Tanzania. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve
lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and
preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We
believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by
establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that
poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We
help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can
withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have
enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with
communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private
sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our
projects.
Background
Farm Africa has the ambition
to be the leading European NGO specialising in Agriculture,
Natural Resource Management
and Market Engagement. Farm Africa is mid-way through delivering our £5m
Livestock for Livelihoods (L4L) programme in Uganda’s Karamoja sub-region and
Ethiopia’s South Omo zone funded by the UK government (UK Aid)
Under this programme Farm
Africa is working with local civil society, SMEs, cooperatives and farmer
organisations to develop market systems that support livestock services and
enterprises for 21,000 women, contributing to women’s economic empowerment,
reduced poverty and improved nutrition of women and children. The project is
addressing market failures in animal health and breeding services to improve
livestock productivity, building capacity and assets of herders, establishing
trade and enterprise opportunities and improving household nutrition practices
through behavioural change. It will also demonstrate how nutrition
interventions can build on women’s economic empowerment to contribute to both
increased income and improved household nutrition.
Job Summary: The Monitoring,
Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer is responsible for ensuring the
consistent and high quality collection, collation and analysis of output and
outcome data from the L4L project. The post holder will develop and implement
the agreed M&E plan that is based on robust logical frameworks that are
suitably updated to reflect changing situations. The post holder will adapt
Farm Africa’s appropriate tools and systems to support the project teamin
collecting and analysing robust evidence of project results and enable use of
its evidence as a vital input to management decision making.
The MEL will be part of the
L4L project delivery team, and will have no line management responsibilities,
although they will need to provide technical guidance and support to the wider
team to ensure excellence in data collection by all team members.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Plan and deliver project monitoring and evaluation
activities for L4L Uganda
·       Working with the Project Coordinator (PC) and Chief of
Party (CoP) execute the Monitoring & Learning Plan (MLP) for the L4L
project in Uganda
·       Ensure that the project delivery team fully understand
the MLP and the role that they will be playing in ensuring the outcomes of the
project and delivered and the data required to demonstrate that
·       Develop (as appropriate), and disseminate data collection
tools to project delivery staff and ensure that they are fully understood
·       Coordinate data collection by the project delivery
team – and in particularsupport the delivery team to integrate regular data
collection into their routine activities
·       Ensure that all monitoring data as outlined in the MLP
and requested by the PC and CoPis accurately entered on to the project
databases in a timely manner and is readily available to support quarterly
donor reporting requirements
·       Organise and facilitate bi-annual community feedback
sessions
·       Work with nutrition partner (AFRII) to support with
developing data collection tools (as required), and ensure collection of
dietary diversity monitoring information throughout the project lifetime
·       Work with PC, CoP and MEL Officer (Ethiopia) to plan
and deliver annual data collection exercises and the final project evaluation.
·       Work with the PC and the Project Accountant and
Administrator (PA&A) to ensure all activities are planned and conducted
according to the organisation’s and the donor’s financial and procurement
requirements and procedures
Work with the COP, MEL Officer (Ethiopia) and London
team to ensure coherent delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning
activities across the entire programme.
·       Work with the MEL Officer in Ethiopia to ensure
consistency of approach in indicator reporting across the two countries of
implementation
·       Work with the MEL Officer in Ethiopia to develop and
produce data collection tools for use by project staff and partners
·       Work closely with the MEL Officer in Ethiopia to
ensure harmonization of all M&E tools and processes and coordinate with
them on the learning components of the project
·       Work closely with the Quality and Impact team in
London to ensure their input and review in planning, implementation and
reporting of all the above activities
Supporting project planning and reporting
·       Lead regular reviews of the project’s log-frame and
data collection plans, and ensure that the project is collecting the breadth of
indicators required at a frequency and timing in line with reporting purposes
·        Lead on the
preparation and reflection processes leading to the annual project performance
review (PPR) and ensure integration of the PPR’s conclusion and action points
into further project planning
·        Support the PC
& COP to compile donor reports, and in particular ensure availability and
timely cleaning and analysis of both outcome and output data
·        Participate in
reviews of the project’s work plan and budget as part of the quarterly and
annual planning processes
·        Work closely
with the PC to collect and compile lessons learned, ensure dissemination and
maintain dialogue on key project findings
Play a key role in delivering the wider objectives of
both the L4L programme, and Farm Africa’s work in Uganda.
·       Participate in project team meetings as requested by
the PC
·       Provide technical support to the project and country
team and ensure high quality of all project M&E deliverables
·       Build capacity of local communities, partners and
staff on data collection, management, analysis and results-based monitoring
principles
·       Review and contribute to the development of various
project or organisational presentations, reports, or other publications on
M&E and knowledge management at Farm Africa.
·       Support the implementation of the project’s visibility
strategy in line with donor guidelines.
·       Contribute to the relevant forum to share M&E and
knowledge management experience of the project and contribute to the growth of
Farm Africa’s expertise in these areas
·       Maintain regular and effective communications with the
wider project team, Uganda Country Office and implementing partners.
·       In consultation with the PC, act as an ambassador,
promoting the project and the work of Farm Africa, including hosting visitors,
speaking at workshops, conferences and meeting donors and other officials as
and when required.
·       Contribute to the development of relevant Farm Africa
policies and strategies



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
Essential         
·       Relevant academic qualification (Degree or equivalent)
in numerate/ analytical subject (e.g. statistics, economics, econometrics,
applied social science)             
·       Demonstrable understanding of monitoring and
evaluation principles and practices, including the application of the log frame
approach     
·       Knowledge of rural development issues in Uganda          
·       Understanding of market-based approaches to
development and particularly approaches which encourage greater participation
of women
·       Understanding of project learning processes and
knowledge management within and across projects          
Desirable
·       Advanced (Masters or equivalent) Academic
qualification relevant to Farm Africa’s areas of operation and the role
Experience
Essential         
·       Minimum of three years’ relevant work experience in
the area of monitoring and evaluation (or similar)  
·       Experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative
field research and analysis             
·       Experience in synthesising data and drafting clear
written reports/ briefings            
·       Experience of producing and delivering monitoring and
learning plans   
·       Experience of organising and overseeing the execution
of ongoing internal data collection exercises             
·       Experience of designing data collection tools and
disseminating them to colleagues in the project delivery team  
·       Experience of designing and/or maintaining databases
of project information      
·       Experience of designing and deploying a wide range of
beneficiary feedback mechanisms
Desirable
·       Experience of working in an M&E or knowledge
management role in an INGO
·       Experience conducting field research in pastoralist
communities
·       Experience of commissioning and managing external
consultant teams to deliver large-scale data collection exercises
·       Experience of working in Karamoja 
Skills & abilities
Essential
·       Ability to inspire and capacity build colleagues to
collect high quality data during their daily project delivery duties.
·       Ability to draw key learnings from both qualitative
and quantitative data and make project delivery recommendations based upon it
·       Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
·       Methodical, thorough approach with attention to detail
·       Expert in data management and manipulation, especially
using Excel
·       Fluent written and spoken English
Desirable
·       Fluency in Karamojong
·       Managing partner relationships
·       Excellent network and excellent relationship with
government partners

Our VALUES
Investing in smallholder
farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is
a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment
and developing businesses in rural Africa.
EXPERT. Deep
expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of
everything Farm Africa does.
GROUNDED.
Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with
local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.
IMPACTFUL.
We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and
their families.
BOLD. We
model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that
are failing.
How to apply:
Please submit your CV, salary
history and a one page supporting statement explaining how you meet the criteria
laid out in the person specification to ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org by Sunday 12th January 2020 6.00pm EAT
Please do not submit
certificates etc. at this stage.
Interviews are expected to
take place w/c 20th January 2020 at Farm Africa’s office in Kampala or Moroto.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Should you have any
enquiries, please email ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org or call the Kampala
Office on +256 394 823 131.
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